In the enchanted underwater City of Glass, what will you sacrifice for immortality? Love, memories, freedom? Will you take freedom from others to win your heart's desire? Dive into a world of mermaids, mermen, and other merfolk, where every character has secrets, and nothing is what it seems!
"The Sea Eternal" is an epic interactive fantasy novel by Lynnea Glasser, author of "Creatures Such as We" and "Coloratura," winner of the 2013 Interactive Fiction Competition and numerous XYZZY awards. Your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--283,000 words, without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
The whales have granted the merfolk eternal life, and asked you for so little in return. Defense against the giant squid. Secrecy from humans. But when a rogue mermaid tries to destroy the gift of immortality, ancient secrets rise from the depths, and the delicate balance of society rests in your hands.
Will you fight to protect your immortality, or surrender it for a higher cause? Will you choose sides in the neverending war between the whales and the giant squid? Will your undying love save the City of Glass, or destroy it?
• Decide what being a hero means to you, with over 10 unique endings
• Choose your own mer-self, with multiple gender and orientation options available
• Play alongside similarly diverse characters
• Romance human visitors to the underwater city
• Earn the trust of nuanced characters
• Break their trust
• Pick up the pieces of your shattered relationships
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Ratings and Reviews
this review probably has spoilers but
i don’t really see the problem some people had with the diversity? i mean, Tamru being black and Faye being trans just made the story more inclusive and, no, the author wasn’t shoving their political views down your throats. for me, the idea that Tamru was getting hate when he was human for being black just showed how long he had been an immortal for.
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the ending i got was that Tamru and i went back to the land. it was such a sweet ending that i couldn’t bring myself to replay to see each different ending (but i probably will later). it felt short for me but that was most likely because there was so much else that i skipped to achieve this ending.
<okay spoiler’s over>
thank you, author, for writing this. i really enjoyed it.
i love this so much
this was probably the first time a 1 star review made me want to download a game. seeing how some people were annoyed by the "forced sociopolitical agendas" or whatever i immediately knew i needed to read the story and oh boy i was not disappointed. as a non-binary individual it is so incredibly rare to see representation of myself anywhere in games or have the option to chose a non-binary character. thank you so much for giving me that option here.
on top of all that the story line and writing are genuinely incredible and absolutely worth buying the full version. the only thing i wish i had was artwork to go with the story.
I Really Wanted to Like It, But. . .
I really wanted to like this game as it had a very intriguing premise, but it really gets too bogged down in being an author filibuster with their "message".
This game is called a "choice" game for a reason, but there were many situations wherein I was unable to express my real feelings (and therefore 'choice') on how to respond to a matter, which quickly destroyed any sense of immersion this game had for me.
I get it, the author wanted to tackle racial/gender/etc. matters in this game, but it came through in such a ham-fisted manner that this ended up reading less like an interactive story and more like a railroaded author tract.
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- 22.1 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2016 Lynnea Glasser
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- Rest of the Game $5.99
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